Craster to Low Newton Walk - Northumberland

to Low Newton by the sea, Circular

Visiting Dunstanburgh Castle, Embleton Bay & Newton Pool nature reserve

Location OS Landranger sheets 81 & 75 Start point NU 256193 on sheet 81

Length 6.5 Miles

How to get there Travelling north turn off the A1 Alnwick Bypass onto the coastal route B1340 through Denwick. Leave the B1340 at next junction taking the right fork and then turn almost immediately left at the next junction, this only a few yards. Then follow the signs straight down to Craster. Being careful of the crossroads with the B1339. The car park is on the right as you turn into the village.

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Start:- Leave the car park and walk down towards the harbour

Left at the harbour and past the houses onto Dunstanburgh Heughs
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For about a mile the walk takes you towards Dunstanburgh Castle which dominates the walk, it being a superb backdrop to the views, both on the outward and inward legs.
Pass round the Castle and go through the Gate onto Dunstanhead Links, passing the "Castle Hole" of the golf course
Continue along the path on the dunes, skirting the golf course and the wartime defences before dropping down onto the beach.

You can continue on the dunes for a considerable way, but the beach is inviting.

This "Lava flow" outcrop is called Greymare Rock
One of many glances back to the Castle
Embleton Burn exits onto the beach at this point. Just splash through the shallow bits.

If this proves impractical there is a bridge a few paces back near the golf club

Another glance back across Embleton Bay

Low Newton by the Sea is just around the point, beyond the houses on the dunes.

You could make the return journey back along the beach, but I do not care to retrace my footsteps unless there is no alternative, so I have always taken this following route back to Craster
Beyond the Square and the Ship Inn there is a way marker directing left . This runs behind the cottages and turns left again to take you south onto a path that passes The Newton Pool Nature Reserve bird hide.
The path makes its way along the side of the golf course and near to the beach houses
Opposite the clubhouse, cross one of the two bridges and follow on up the path on the right.

Be mindful that you are on a golf course !

You will pass the track coming in from Dunstan Steads road on the right. Continue on the right hand side of the course it will eventually bring you back to the gate by the "Castle Hole" and below the Castle at Greymare Rock.
Take the path to the right of the Castle and make your way back to Craster, this last stretch being the only part of the walk repeated.
For consideration, when using the countryside

This selection of walks in Northumberland follow recognised public rights of way or permissive paths and should be easy for most people to negotiate: but please remember that wet and winter weather can make paths muddy in places and the summer months produce fresh growth of vegetation - so wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If on any of these walks you find obstructions, or damage to stiles or footbridges which make paths impassible, please report these details as soon as possible to the countryside department of the Local or National Park authority responsible for the area.

Relationships between local farmers and those who use the footpaths are generally very good and there is no reason why they should not remain so given reasonable attitudes and understanding. Remember that the countryside is the farmers' livelihood, so please observe the Country Code : keep to the paths; close gates after you ; and take care not to cause damage, or leave litter; keep your dog under control; and leave all wild flowers for others to enjoy.

Taken from: Country Walks in East Tynedale by Philip R. B. Brooks (1978) NBM Sept 2009

Dogs in the countryside :-

On Rights of Way - Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a short lead.

On Access Land - 1) Keep your dog on a short lead from 1 March to 31 July this to protect ground nesting birds from disturbance

2) Local restrictions may include a ban on dogs.

3) Note that restrictions do not apply to Guide/Hearing dogs, or if you are using a public right of way


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